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Organic Mattress Covers for Dust Mites and Allergens

Organic Mattress Covers for Dust Mites and Allergens

If you have trouble sleeping with allergies, you're not alone. 42% of people with allergies have difficulty falling asleep, and a staggering 63% of those individuals report they don't get enough sleep altogether. Many allergy sufferers cite dust mites as the primary trigger for their allergic reactions, but there are loads of different irritants that can trigger your allergies.

Allergies are a general term referring to an oversensitive immune response from the body. They come from a whole host of other sources like pollen, dander, and other microscopic irritants.

For many people, these allergens will cause an allergic reaction such as hay fever or eczema. These reactions can be mild in some cases but more severe in others.

That's why we've put together this guide to help you learn how to identify and address the many possible causes of your allergies. This will help you get a better night's sleep for an improved quality of life.

The Most Common Bedroom Allergens

Allergy sufferers know that the spring and summer months are the worst times of the year for symptoms like coughing, sneezing, and congestion.

Furthermore, living near a wooded area or having pets around means that you’re even more vulnerable to the most common bedroom allergens that can then disrupt your sleep.

Common Allergy Triggers

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Pollen, mold spores, dust mites, and animal dander are among the most abundant irritants that find their way into your bedroom. If you find yourself experiencing these issues year-round, it’s a sure sign that you have bedroom allergens in your home.

Here are some of the most common allergens you’re likely to encounter, particularly if you don’t have the right kind of protective bedding.

1) Dust Mites

Dust mites are microscopic dust particles that feed on dead skin cells. These allergens are so small they can penetrate right through the protective barriers of your mattress and bedding, making it easy to inhale them as you sleep.

2) Pollen Dust From Trees, Weeds, and Grasses

Pollen is an essential part of the life cycle for trees, weeds, and grasses. The problem is, pollen can also trigger a wide range of allergic reactions, from mild to severe.

3) Mold Dust and Spores

Molds need moisture to grow, so they are commonly found indoors, during the summer months when it's humid outside. Molds lead to respiratory problems such as asthma or nasal congestion. Significant mold growth can lead to even more severe health concerns like numbness, nerve pain, or tremors.

4) Outdoor Fungal Spores Such as Aspergillus Species

Outdoor fungal spores usually enter into the home on people's clothes or shoes. Aspergillus is a common cause of sinus infections and allergic reactions, including asthma symptoms in some individuals.

5) Animal Dander

Animal dander is a common allergen found in dust and on animal fur. It can trigger hay fever or asthma symptoms in those who are allergic to these substances.

Most people with animal dander allergies will experience sneezing, itchy nose and eyes, a runny or stuffy nose. More intense reactions may include skin redness on hands and feet, constant coughing or wheezing, and itching.

How to Protect the Air Quality In Your Home From Allergens

Allergens hang in the air we breathe so they can pass into your body through the nose, mouth, and eyes. The dirtier the air in your home, the more you'll suffer from microscopic irritants like pet dander and dust mites.

Luckily, you can quickly reduce or eliminate allergens in your home to improve air quality. Simple steps like controlling your humidity or installing HEPA filters help you purify the air in your bedroom and throughout your home.

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Other allergen control methods are more challenging, like installing hard floors. This won’t be an option for all homeowners, but the more steps you can take, the fewer allergens you’ll have floating around your home.

Here are some quick and easy steps to purifying your home.

Step #1: Vacuum Regularly

Vacuuming every week is essential for removing dust mite allergens and other particles, such as hair or animal dander, from your carpets.

Step #2: Launder Your Bedding

Your bedding gets dirty when dust mites and animal dander accumulate. You can help keep dust mite allergens at bay by washing your sheets, blankets, pillowcases, and comforter regularly.

Step #3: Ditch the Feather-Stuffed Bedding

If you're allergic to dust and pollen, consider replacing your feather bedding with a hypoallergenic alternative. Even if you are not allergic to feathers themselves, feather fibers act as traps for dust mites and dander in your bedding.

Step #4: Tear Up the Old Carpet

If you're still using conventional carpeting in your bedroom, consider tearing it up and replacing it with a hypoallergenic floor covering like hardwood or laminate. Carpeting is an ideal hiding spot for dust mites and their tiny allergens.

Use hardwood instead of carpet in your bedroom. Wash throw rugs just as you do the bedding.

Step #5: Wet Mop At Least Once a Week

Mop your floors with a mixture of hot water and vinegar. The solution can kill dust mites, dust, and other allergens on your floors.

Step #6: Run the Air Conditioner and Dehumidifier

Mold thrives in wetter conditions, so low humidity helps deter fungi from your sleeping areas. Keep your humidifier set for 50% or lower.

Run an air conditioner or dehumidifier to lower the temperature and humidity in your bedroom. If you don’t have one, open windows for cross-ventilation when it's stuffy.

Step #7: Clean Your Clothes and Linens

If your laundry is piling up, allergens can enter your dust-free bedroom from dust accumulating on clothes and linens. Keep your laundry clean by washing your sheets and clothes weekly.

Step #8: Install HEPA Filters

Swap the filters on your furnace, air conditioning unit, or cooling system with a High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter to reduce exhaust from escaping into the air. This will also help remove dust mites and other allergens from the air in your home.

If you live in an apartment and don’t have permission to change your furnace filters, a standalone air purifier with a HEPA filter can effectively reduce dust mite populations to help you sleep better, breathe easier, and live healthier. 

Step #6: Use Damp Cloths When Dusting

Dry dusting simply propels allergens back into the air. Always use a damp cloth to dust furniture, shelves, and other surfaces. Certain furniture polishes may also have dust-repellent properties, so choose these cleaning aids instead.

How to Protect Your Bedding From Allergens Using Organic Mattress Covers

Organic bedding is a growing trend in the US, with people looking for healthier and more eco-friendly products. This includes organic mattress covers, which are designed to protect against dust mites and other allergens.

These hypoallergenic covers are made of natural materials that work by repelling allergens away from the fabric. This allows you to keep your mattress protected while still enjoying an organic cotton sheet set or a duvet insert.

1) Encase Your Mattress With Organic Dust Mite Covers

Begin by encasing your mattress with organic dust mite covers. This helps to reduce allergen levels in the air.

The Essentia Body Guard Mattress Cover is an indispensable addition to any bed. They're made from natural cotton and polyurethane. These materials repel dust mites and have a smaller carbon footprint than synthetics, making them the perfect cover for allergen relief.

This waterproof mattress protector from Essentia offers surface coverage and peace-of-mind protection from spills, spots, and stains.

With a waterproof backing, this fitted sheet is machine washable for easy care and quick cleanup.

Our dust mite covers are made from certified organic materials that were sourced with sustainability in mind. All Essentia products meet or exceed all US and EU standards for safety, protection, and quality.

The Essentia Body Guard Mattress Cover is made from 100% GOTS, GOLS, and Beyond Organic certified EuroLatex. The mattress cover has been designed with independent safety testing and undergoes regular inspections to ensure that it exceeds stringent standards for quality and performance in design.

These features, along with the fit-to-size elastic closure system, provide a snug fit while also making this mattress cover easier to put on than most other ones on the market.

2) Use Only Pillows and Bedding That Are Made with Natural Materials

Natural fill pillows typically use hypoallergenic materials, which do not accumulate dust and mites.  Using a pillow made from natural material can reduce allergies and provide a better night sleep.

Essentia's loose-fill Comfort Pillow is the perfect dust mite deterrent because the cover is removable and washable.

loose fill comfort pillow

This patented memory foam pillow is designed to ensure that you have a great night's sleep. The high-density foams used in our proprietary Memory Foam blend are based on the same technology found in our mattresses. Every loose-fill Comfort Pill can support your neck without bottoming out as you shift positions through the night.

3) Use a Hypoallergenic Mattress

Your mattress is one of the dust mite's favorite places to live. Dust mites thrive in dirt and debris that gets trapped in your mattress. They also thrive in a warm, humid environment with plenty of loose threads to cling onto.

Other allergens also like to settle in your mattress. These include pet dander, mold spores, pollen grains, and dust mite excrement. These allergens can clog your airway, interrupt your sleep, and interfere with your breathing.

Essentia's hypoallergenic mattresses are dust mite and allergen resistant. The mattresses are made with a breathable, hypoallergenic fiberfill to which dust mites cannot attach. The inner layer of the mattress features natural, organic memory foam, which is too dense for dust mites to hide.

The Stratami mattress is an example of a hypoallergenic mattress. It also happens to be our top-seller because it's 100% natural and offers the perfect blend of comfort and protection.

Essentia's hypoallergenic mattresses

The Stratami is a latex mattress with an innovative dome-shaped surface design and natural contouring to cradle your body for the best sleep of your life.

At the same time, its molded memory foam layers offer support where you need it most. The innovative construction provides excellent airflow for a cool and restful sleep environment while keeping allergens away.

4) Use a Hypoallergenic Mattress Topper

Mattress toppers do more than just add comfort — the right mattress topper will help dust mites stay away from your bed. You must choose a hypoallergenic dust mite cover or mattress protector so it won't cause any irritation for the person who sleeps on it every night.

A dust-mite-resistant mattress will prevent allergens from infiltrating your bed when you don't have the luxury of replacing your mattress itself. But if your mattress topper isn’t hypoallergenic as well, then you’re still sleeping on a surface that will be a prime attractor for allergens from dust mites and dander.

The patented natural memory foam DormIQ mattress topper offers both protection and comfort. First off, its 1-inch or 2-inch thickness is ideal for any sleeping surface and provides superior pressure relief. However, it’s also hypoallergenic and dust mite-resistant.

Conclusion

Many things in your bedroom could be hiding an allergen that is causing respiratory symptoms — your carpets, your sheets, or even the air itself. It's important to know what these common allergens are and how they affect people with allergies or asthma so you can take steps to protect yourself at night.

We recommend investing in hypoallergenic bedding from Essentia because it will help keep the bedroom allergen-free. Not only do we offer dust mite covers for your mattress, but we also have hypoallergenic pillows and mattresses that will cut down on dust mite exposure and other allergens.

For a better night's sleep, check out Essentia's Body Guard mattress covers and other hypoallergenic bedding today!

Sleep Deeper, Live Longer. Biohacking Your Sleep: Part 8

Sleep Deeper, Live Longer. Biohacking Your Sleep: Part 8

Part 8: Maintaining Optimal Oxygen in Blood Cells Through Managing EMF with Natural Frequency Patterns.

Electric and magnetic fields are invisible areas of energy or radiation that are produced by electricity, which is the movement of electrons, or current, through a wire. A magnetic field results from the flow of current through wires or electrical devices and increases in strength as the current increases. The strength of a magnetic field decreases rapidly with increasing distance from its source. Electric fields are produced whether or not a device is turned on, whereas magnetic fields are produced only when current is flowing, which usually requires a device to be turned on. Power lines produce magnetic fields continuously because the current is always flowing through them. Magnetic fields can pass through buildings, living things, and most other materials.

Electric and magnetic fields together are referred to as electromagnetic fields or EMFs. The electric and magnetic forces in EMFs are caused by electromagnetic radiation. Most people are familiar with the dangers of high-frequency EMFs, when your doctor leaves the room when he hits the X-Ray button, he or she has been trained to limit their exposure to high-frequency EMFs as they are ionizing radiation and can damage a person’s cells or DNA. Low to mid-frequency EMFs are what emit from standard electronics, cables, and appliances. While these do not have an immediate, direct impact on your cells, the reality is that we have constant chronic exposure to this low-level radiation.

Not so long ago, we increased risks by adding radio waves, microwaves, infrared radiation, visible light, and today we’ve added cellular and data wireless signals, 4G and 5G, and we carry the receiving devices wherever we go, including the bedroom.

EFFECTS OF EMF ON THE BODY

While the high-frequency EMFs were easy to identify the immediate harm to the body, we wanted to take a deep dive into understanding low to mid-level EMFs and what we discovered is that there is a direct impact on the body’s function. Working with Dr. Vollert, we’ve identified that these patterns impact our blood cells and their behavior. Increased low-level EMFs that you would experience from a standard cell phone call have our cells accumulate together in a stacking pattern. What we assess from this is that these patterns impact the flow of oxygen through the blood which is vital in the repair of cells that we rely on when we sleep.

What we have also learned is that older practices like grounding or re-routing EMFs from conventional electronics and appliances are no longer enough as electronic smog is all around us. The way to counter these effects is to create an over-powering natural frequency that will protect the cells from behaving in an unnatural. Our bodies, just like all living things rely on the natural frequencies to operate best.

COMBATING EMFs IN THE BEDROOM

At Essentia we have developed an EMF barrier foam formula that helps protect the body from the effects of EMFs. This proprietary formula of our natural memory foam creates a large over-powering area where EMF frequencies are forced to flow in natural alignment rather than erratic flows. The natural frequencies do not block any signals and all devices continue to operate, however without causing a disruption to your blood cells.

The results of the testing of Essentia’s EMF barrier as reports by Dr. Hegall Vollert are as follows:



- Image A - After having been in a geopathogenic area for about 30 mins. Blood work shows flow-through properties and distribution of thrombocytes as observed through a dark field microscope appear normal.

- Image B - Massive Rouleau formation after 6 minutes of cell phone use. The thrombocytes become stuck together. This condition usually ensures somewhere between minutes and hours.

- Image C - Blood extraction 10 seconds after exposure to Essentia’s EMF barrier foam. Thrombocyte distribution returns to the state depicted in image A, however with slightly improved flow properties.

- Image D - After 5 minutes of exposure to Essentia’s EMF barrier foam, the thrombocytes’ flow properties remain optimal.

- Image E - Repeated cell phone call for 12 minutes while maintaining exposure to Essentia EMF barrier foam. Less viscous than in the initial state. The detrimental effects of the geopathological area and cell phone radiation have been neutralized.

As with everything at Essentia, we take an evidence-based approach to solve sleep and recovery issues, ultimately looking for enhanced performance outcomes. This is why when we tackled EMFs, it was important for us to understand the direct impact that this had on our body functions. During sleep, we aim for 8 hours of unobstructed, un-stimulated sleep for accelerated cell recovery and you can be certain that oxygen in our blood flow is a key part of attaining the next level in recovery outcomes. One thing that we always focus on when addressing sleep is that to perform at the highest level, and to accelerate mental and physical recovery to your highest potential is to create an un-compromised sleep environment. This includes all key elements; Thermoregulation, elimination of stimulants and maintaining a clean sleep environment from allergens, toxins, viruses, managing lighting, and olfactory stimulants, reducing sleep interruptions, proper diet and managing a healthy circadian schedule, and of course, eliminating the negative blood cell patterns caused by EMFs.


Be Well.
Jack

Sleep Deeper, Live Longer. Biohacking Your Sleep: Part 7

Sleep Deeper, Live Longer. Biohacking Your Sleep: Part 7

Part 7: Reducing Sleep Cycle Interruptions.

Each category that we’ve covered on Biohacking sleep has touched on reducing sleep interruptions but more specifically we want to reduce sleep cycle interruptions. An inconsistent sleep schedule can impact mood, concentration, weight, and of course cell recovery. In referencing sleep cycles you often hear about your internal clock or the circadian rhythm, simply put, this tells your body when to sleep and wake up. Not managing your sleep cycles for optimum uninterrupted length can hurt your overall health and leave you performing less than your potential.

Increased activity of the central nervous system is the main culprit causing negative performance on your sleep cycles, they cause reduced time spent on REM and deep sleep cycles, create more wake moments throughout the sleep schedule, and often reduce the sleep time. All of which have a direct impact on performance and recovery, and leading to more emotions of anxiety over happiness.

Tips to Managing Your Sleep Cycle:
Managing an optimal sleep cycle involves creating an ultimate sleep environment. There are some integral aspects of your sleep environment that will affect your circadian rhythm that you need to address for an optimal sleep cycle.

  • -Elimination of blue light from electronics and energy-efficient light bulbs, as light has a powerful effect on your circadian rhythm.

  • -Maintaining clean, non-toxic air quality in the sleep environment is critical to not overworking the central nervous system.

  • -Thermoregulation is key to inducing longer sleep cycles and longer sleep times.

  • -Make a routine. Our systems run best when it can anticipate its schedule. Start at least an hour before your planned bedtime by shutting down tv, phone, tablet, and dim the lights. Or, if some electronics are a must, try wearing blue-light-blocking glasses for that last hour before sleep. 

  • -Avoid daytime napping, focus on fully restorative sleep and you will not need naps. 

  • -Try to maintain the same bedtime and wake time, a regular routine will train your brain to anticipate the schedule and prepare your body for this. This will help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.

 

UNDERSTANDING CIRCADIAN RHYTHMN

The molecular circadian clock regulates thousands of genes throughout the brain and body, providing coordination of a broad range of processes including metabolism, immune function, and DNA repair. This is why this is so vital to wellness. Disrupting sleep rhythms is associated with a wide range of diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer, and psychiatric disorders. This plays a critical role in the regulation of normal brain processes.


According to the National Institute of Health, recent studies have suggested a critical role of the circadian system in several disorders, including major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety, stress regulation, eating disorders, drug addiction, and alcoholism, as well as age-related cognitive deficits including Alzheimer's disease. The association of circadian rhythm disruption with cognitive function, mood, immune system disruption, and metabolism in shift workers, as well as people with mood disorders, provides further evidence for the effects of circadian disruption on synaptic plasticity. This research area is at the interface of neuroscience, cell biology, endocrinology, and psychiatry. Despite the evidence that circadian rhythms are involved in the coordination of several neural processes and in turn behaviors.

It is all connected and managing sleep, specifically managing sleep cycles is at the core or the hub for overall wellness and elevated performance. It is the fountain of youth and the recharge that is needed. Solving sleep issues is the foundation to building positive life outcomes.

Be Well.
Jack